Lex Luthor has traditionally focused his brilliant intellect upon a hatred for Superman, opposing the Man of Steel at every opportunity. However, the megalomaniacal business tycoon seized the role of his arch nemesis after Superman's death in the 2016 DC Rebirth comic series and became Metropolis' protector.
30614 Lex Luthor depicts that incarnation of the character, wearing a substantial mechanised suit which is evidently inspired by Superman's famed attire. This figure is currently available with copies of the LEGO DC Super-Villains video game.
Almost every Lex Luthor minifigure has included an identical head, the only exceptions being 6862 Superman vs. Power Armour Lex and 30164 Lex Luthor from 2012. The pronounced cheekbones and severe facial expression suit this character perfectly but a unique design would have been welcome. However, the blue armoured suit looks fantastic, featuring some lovely mechanical detail and an attractive colour scheme which matches the comic books.
I am particularly impressed with the metallic blue decoration that surrounds Superman's famed symbol and is emblazoned on Luthor's chest. Unfortunately, this emblem is not printed on the back of the cape so it diverges slightly from the source material, although the softer material used for this cape does not seem suitable for printing.
The DC universe is absolutely packed with exciting characters and a brand new one would have been welcome here. Nevertheless, I am pleased with 30614 Lex Luthor. This minifigure looks superb when compared with its comic book counterpart and is a great accompaniment for the LEGO DC Super-Villains video game, in which Lex Luthor appears prominently.
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